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Breeders’ Cup Super-Generic Overview

Your only lockIt’s the Tuesday before the Breeders’ Cup, and that means that any dithering over cross entries will be resolved at today’s post position draw. With fourteen races spread over two days, it’s not a terribly long time to study the fields. With that in mind, here is your most basic of basic overviews of each race, with more specifics to come later in the week.

Friday Races

Filly & Mare Sprint
always shows up,Indian Blessing loves this distance, Lady Sprinter represents for Argentina and Zaftig is trying to make a comeback after her last race in June.

Juvenile Fillies Turf
When in doubt, I’m going with the Aidan O’Brien entry – in this case,
Heart Shaped.

Juvenile Fillies (Gr.I)
When in doubt and there’s no Ballydoyle horse, I’ll stick with Shug McGaughey with fillies – in this case, that’s
Persistently. I also like Evita Argentina.

Filly & Mare Turf (Gr.I)
Wait a While is always tough here, but
Halfway to Heaven has probably beaten stronger fields. Folk Opera could also turn up, but all in all, this is a tough one.

Filly & Mare Classic (Gr.I)
Zenyatta, all the time. I think Cocoa Beach will make her work for it, though, and Carriage Trail will also be a danger.

Saturday Races

Dirt Marathon
King of Rome
, Sixties Icon, Spring House. You heard it here first.

Turf Sprint
Fleeting Spirit
, perhaps? (That’s working on my other ‘when in doubt’ fallback – and I really have no idea here – bet the foreign filly in turf races).

Dirt Mile
I like
Lewis Michael here.

Mile (Gr.I)
I love Goldikova’s form and think she’s the one to beat.

Juvenile (Gr.I)
Square Eddie
is getting all the hype – will he live up to it?

Juvenile Turf
Westphalia could pull it off.

Sprint (Gr.I)
Midnight Lute
is trying to repeat, but he’s been quiet since winning last year. Fabulous Strike is in with a chance.

Turf (Gr.I) With Red Giant out and many of the toughest European contenders opting for the Classic, one has to wonder if it could someone wind up being Better Talk Now’s year (again). Having said that, it’s tough to see the old guy knocking off Soldier of Fortune or the ever-improving Grand Couturier. Perhaps it’ll be Red Rocks again?

Classic (Gr.I)
, Duke of Marmalade, Raven’s Pass and Colonel John are your picks. Henrythenavigator is a great miler, but I don’t see this distance working out well for him. True, it’s also a question for Raven’s Pass, but it still seems like a better fit for him. Champs Elysees is intriguing here, but I don’t see him beating any of the above. And as for Casino Drive – who knows?

At least we will know the post positions very shortly

Update: Dammit, they totally ruined my Dirt Marathon box! Some post positions are up now here.

1 comment to Breeders’ Cup Super-Generic Overview

  • Keith - Triple Dead Heat

    I think we’ll find a few upsets this weekend and i’m hoping Miraculous Miss and Zaftig both hit the board to start the day!

    Like the title of your blog, i’ll be superfectaing all day long!


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